Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Who dry their tears?

It does not take long before tears start to stream down the faces of the displaced people gathered at the Shahzad Town camp, now a tented village located on the outskirts of Mardan.
Parwez Khan, 26, recalls how his family started their journey in three trucks from Babaji Kandau, a village near Ambela in Buner District. People have to line up at different points to meet their requirements. On Saturday, PML-N leader Zafar Iqbal Jhagra visited the camp. Aurangzeb Khan arrived from Pir Baba village in Buner four days back after three days of constant bombardment. People talk of the wheat crop ripe for harvest left in the fields. Sardar Ali from Mingora, who fled along with his wife and five children, blames the Taliban for the state in which Swat is today. “Our problems started after the Taliban came. Till then, Swat was peaceful. It is a misconception that the people of Swat and Buner support the Taliban, confirmed many. In all this, there is a feeling amongst the people here of being abandoned by the people and the government of Pakistan.

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